Quilt covers are used in the same way as blankets and consist of a flat soft bag that is filled with either feathers or down, or sometimes both.
Down feathers, originates from the Eider duck, and valued for their insulation properties were firstly used in Eastern Europe to fill the quilt covers. The use of these bed coverings simplify the making of a bed because it does not involve layers of blankets and sheets that are usually placed on the bed. It is single sheeting that is placed over the bed itself.
Quilt covers are not the same as a comforter, even though the placement of both on the bed is exactly the same. If you are considering buying such bedding for the coming winter nights, you will find a multitude of fabrics to choose from. There is such a large selection to choose from it can be quite bewildering.
What follows is a comparison of the fabrics available to you when deciding to purchase your quilt covers. To cater to the many tastes of people looking at fabrics, the furnishings manufacturers have created a vast collection of textiles to meet the market’s demands. The market for home furnishings has a really enormous variation in fabrics that meets consumers every demand. We will look at the different fabrics to understand how they are each different and how their application varies.
The various fabrics used for quilt covers include, flannel, poly cotton, satin, silk and cotton. If you are thinking green then cotton, which is eco-friendly and organic may be the fabric to select. They provide incredible warmth and they are long lasting. When cotton is used for quilt covers, polywool sheeting and cotton are often inserted, held in place by stitching, to create much greater warmth and comfort.
An important note is that cotton is used widely for its durability and strength. Another natural fiber is silk, which created by the silk worm. As with cotton, it is an organic substance and eco-friendly to the environment. Bedding made of silk provides the same hypo allergic quality as cotton and are very warm. The shine of silk lasts forever and so does its durability. When silk is used, the bedding is smooth to the touch and will preserve its shape indefinitely. The one disadvantage of silk is that it is difficult to maintain. The only way to clean a silk quilt is to dry clean.
Another popular fabric for is satin. Care should be taken to only purchase satin quilt covers that have a cotton backing; otherwise the fabric is be quite slippery. This satin bedding is not generally used on an everyday basis, but rather for special occasions when style and elegance required. Or you may want to simply use it to compliment the decor, and not actually use it for sleeping.
Polycotton fabric is a combination of cotton and a synthetic fabric, sometimes polyester. The good thing about this fabric is its resistance to wrinkles. They dry rapidly after laundering.
So you can see the similarities and the differences between the different types of fabrics that quilt covers may be made from. From that you should be able to decide which fabric you will purchase based on your needs for the covers.